"Dramatizes a small city election, illustrates indifference of average citizen to public affairs and emphasizes that if the government is not run by the people the government will run them. Refers to imaginary city and issue of a new wall needed on a canal bank. Rock company using area for dumping debris bribes politicians who, by cunning propaganda and well planned publicity swing the uninformed public to their side. Death of a child is tragic means of startling voters into recognizing individual political responsibilities."
"The following comments are by members of a committee of high-school teachers: 'Excellent film for establishing an awareness and a realizaton of the effects of the indifference of the citizen to his government, and what can be done through an aroused citizenry' ; 'Presents something we need to teach in school the fact that if the people do not run the government, the government will run the people'; 'A splendid picture that shows the lethargic attitude of the people on matters that affect them, and how difficult it is to get them unified'; It is a step in a very good direction. . . It certainly shows the way people react to present-day problems. . . This film has been used in our junior high schools and even in an elementary eighth grade studying Civics. . . The subject is however definitely allocated in our system to the senior high school for the twelfth year, because the central theme for that year in Social Studies is 'American problems.' I have never received an adverse comment on this film from teachers who have used it, and I have received many favorable ones." M. L. Israel, Director Visual Education, Los Angeles County Guide
John Doe, a citizen of Willowbrook, circulates a petition to repair the canal walls in his city. Unscrupulous vested interests try to hijack citizen initative with one of their own.
Shot in southern California
titles supered over action
old socialist-style montage, pretty good
August 7, 2013 Subject:
No spoilers here
As Olafg said, this is a trunciated film about 2 sides of an arguement about the water storage in town. The city wants it widened, while John Doe thinks it's just fine. John Doe gets a petition going, everyone signs it, then the city gets dirty and.. well, that's where the film ended. No clue about if John was successful or not. OH WELL. Film is silent, and uses interesting techniques to get it's point across. The large font helps..
January 6, 2013 Subject:
last third missing
Both site player and downloaded file cut off around 11:13.